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Four held in paedophile blackmail scheme

Published: 14 Apr 2011 17:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Apr 2011 17:08 GMT+02:00

Four men from the same family in eastern Sweden who are accused of posing as children on the internet and blackmailing paedophiles were remanded in custody on Thursday.

A 49-year-old father, his two sons, aged 27 and 21, as well as his 33-year-old son-in-law, were arrested on Monday on suspicions of extortion, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

The men allegedly prowled the internet pretending to be children and then threatened to reveal the identities of men who had sought sexual contact with them.

"Some have paid a lot of money not to be unmasked as paedophiles," one source told the newspaper.

Police learned about the scheme, alleged to have started back in August 2009, through a tip from one of the blackmail victims.

But acquaintances had also begun to suspect the modest, working-class family was engaged in some sort of illicit activity after the family, which had previously lamented out their dire financial straits, went on a spending spree over the last two years, purchasing cars and going on trips.

"This is a normal worker, a family man. No one could believe they'd go so far. But of course people noticed that they suddenly seemed to have plenty of money," a family friend told Aftonbladet.

The 21-year-old son, who has confessed to the blackmail accusations, campaigned for a seat in the Riksdag as a member of the neo-Nazi Svenskarnas parti ('The Party of the Swedes').

The 49-year-old father also admitted to the scheme during a remand hearing on Thursday, while his other son and son-in-law, denied committing any crime, the local Norrköpings Tidningar newspaper reported.

Prosecutors expect to formally charge the men within the next two weeks.

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19:11 April 14, 2011 by StockholmSam
Yep. Lynch 'em for doing the job the police should have been doing: identifying pedos.
19:14 April 14, 2011 by Rishonim
Great thinking. Anything to root out paedophiles is good for me even if it takes breaking the law.
19:51 April 14, 2011 by swedejane
Problem is, they weren't rooting out pedophiles...these guys probably continued with their activity since they weren't caught: they only had to pay hush money.
20:45 April 14, 2011 by Stickeroo
Ever seen " to catch a predator "? These sick pricks deserve to get shaken down, and then beat down, and then hung. Sounds like a new gig for organised crime.
21:02 April 14, 2011 by Swedesmith
Give them a job on the force.
22:59 April 14, 2011 by HeilNizar
Wait a minute.. I see nothing wrong with what they did, on the contrary, blackmailing normal people IS a crime, blackmailing or even drinking the blood of a pedophiles must be rewarded.

I think they should be thanked, police should go after those sick pedophiles looking for innocent kids, these guys are just after money and they could have helped police clean the community a little bit.

Probably those cops are giving each other high fives now, not knowing they screwed up big time.
23:06 April 14, 2011 by darky
They are just smart guys. I don't see a reason why they should be held. After all, the pedophiles should be the ones in detention by now. Sweden always does its things the opposite way. After being slammed a few days for not taking serious the abuse of children, now they......
04:52 April 15, 2011 by Da Goat
What an excellent Business opportunity yes lock them up and throw away the key ...... I need to muscle in on this business these guys should get business of the year awards for best new internet business.

The only problem I can see is there are no pederasts (pedeophiles) in my neck of the woods (there are a couple but are old and busted already) I will have to have you guys do the work for me!

my other question is will the dirty old people actually come out and testify against them, yes the police has caught them but they will be pushing you know what up hill to get the victims to come out point fingers as that is what they were paying up for after all! the police might just as well let them go!
09:29 April 15, 2011 by StockholmSam
Excellent point, Da Goat! I cannot see the pedos walking into the courtroom and pointing fingers at the extortionists. This makes their business plan all the more interesting.
10:29 April 15, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@StockholmSam - "...Lynch 'em for doing the job the police should have been doing..."

The problem is that the Swedish police cannot go on line and pretend to be children. They cannot work with groups doing it either. Swedish law calls this entrapment. - The law NEEDS to be changed!!! People walking down a particular street talking on their cell phones. They get robbed of their phones, so the undercover cop walks down the street talking on the phone trying to get robbed and in fact gets robbed. Court rules it is entrapment!?!?!?!

Trying to prevent "BIG BROTHER" from occurring sometimes goes too far.

@swedejane - "...they weren't rooting out pedophiles...these guys probably continued with their activity since they weren't caught: they only had to pay hush money."

Really good point.

Knowing the Swedish justice system and how lenient it is on crime, these blackmailers will probably get one year in jail for the blackmail AND they will have to pay back their "VICTIMS".

Then they will get 20 years for tax evasion!!!!!!!!!
16:49 April 15, 2011 by eZee.se
Not only should they have taken the pedos money... they should have beaten them up. What would the pedos do?

Cry to to cops about assault or say they "tripped"?

There are few things lower than pedos, I say learn from the example of these 4 guys and take more pedos off the streets and into cells where their cell mates can take them to...candyland :))

Give these 4 guys a medal - and let them keep that money, it was well earned.
00:46 April 16, 2011 by wxman
Once again, smacking down good old fashioned entrepeneurship and letting child molesters run free. It's an upside down world.
08:30 April 16, 2011 by calebian22
Do Swedes have the right to remain silent when arrested? If so, these blackmailers are morons. Why would they confess to something that, as others have pointed out, will not have the backing of reliable victims?
02:29 April 18, 2011 by wenddiver
The State should sell the eqivalent of a Naval Privateers Liscense (a letter of Marque) that would allow people to seze Paedifiles and be rewarded with their property, so we could get lots of people looking for these weirdos and deny them the funds to carry out heir sick schemes upon relase.
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